Quotations of Wisdom

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Robert F Kennedy

Few will have the greatness to bend history; however, each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope... and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance [Q1954]

Aristotle

It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition. [Q851]

Napoleon Hill

War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man. [Q687]

Woodrow Wilson

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. [Q497]

John F Kennedy

So, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. [Q2064]

Elijah P. Lovejoy

I have sworn eternal opposition to slavery, and by the blessing of God I will never turn back. [Q2050]

Noam Chomsky

Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever. [Q152]

Arlo Guthrie

I'd rather have friends who care than friends who agree with me. [Q353]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children. [Q1081]

George S Patton

No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other bastards die for their country. [Q1301]

Maximilien Robespierre

No one loves armed missionaries. [Q1296]

Cesar Chavez

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him... the people who give you their food give you their heart. [Q2073]

King of Jordan Hussein I

Let me say this loud and clear. There is a world of difference between terrorist acts and the Islamic Shari'a. Islam is not only a religion, but a way of life. And at its heart lie the sacred principles of tolerance and dialogue. [Q1498]

Senator Paul Simon

With flawed understanding, I try to reach reality in religion. But I know my understanding is flawed, and that helps to avoid excessively dogmatic assertions. [Q1696]

Carl Jung

Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off. [Q253]

Aristotle

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes. [Q861]

Napoleon Bonaparte

What is history but a fable agreed upon? [Q93]

Scott Nesler

The human species lives in a world where understanding partners with conflict. [Q594]

Democritus

Raising children is an uncertain thing; success is reached only after a life of battle and worry. [Q771]

Thomas Jefferson

A man is not qualified for a professor, knowing nothing but merely his own profession. He should be otherwise well-educated as to the sciences generally; able to converse understandingly with the scientific men with whom he is associated, and to assist in the councils of the faculty on any subject of science on which they may have occasion to deliberate. Without this, he will incur their contempt, and bring disreputation on the institution. [Q536]

Galileo Galilei

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. [Q938]

Franz Kafka

By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. [Q303]

Senator Paul Simon

Our system is strong enough to resist Communism without adopting Communist methods. [Q1724]

John Boyd Orr

The increase of territory and power of empires by force of arms has been the policy of all great powers, and it has always been possible to get the approval of their state religion. [Q1154]

Nikola Tesla

The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great power. [Q1685]

Adlai Stevenson

Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for. [Q1650]

Thomas Jefferson

The truth is that the want of common education with us is not from our poverty, but from the want of an orderly system. More money is now paid for the education of a part than would be paid for that of the whole if systematically arranged. [Q535]

Master Kan

Beware of judgements of others. In this imperfect world in which we live, perfection is an illusion. And so the standards by which we seek to measure it are also, themselves, illusions. If perfection is measured by age, grace, color of skin, color of hair, physical or mental prowess, then we are all lacking. And it is well to remember that the harshest judgements are reserved for ourselves. — "Kung Fu" Night of the Owls Day of the Dove 1974 Season 2 [Q627]

Buckminster Fuller

Revolution by design and invention is the only revolution tolerable to all men, all societies, and all political systems anywhere. [Q360]

Jimmy Wales

Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing. [Q216]

Abraham Joshua Heschel

A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair. [Q659]

Lenny Bruce

If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses. [Q333]

Dante Alighieri

O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault! [Q1512]

Edward de Bono

We almost need a new term — 'provolution' — to imply change that is more radical than evolution but more gradual than revolution. It is change of this sort that I intended in my book Positive Revolution for Brazil. The weapons are not bullets but perceptions and values. The steps are small but cumulative. There is a steady working towards making something better, not towards destruction of an enemy. It is based on water logic not rock logic. (From the book, I am Right, you are wrong, page 21) [Q1998]

Charles Lindbergh

To a person in love, the value of the individual is intuitively known. Love needs no logic for its mission. [Q1933]

Charles-Louis de Secondat Montesquieu

If triangles made a god they would give him three sides. [Q1527]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius always finds itself a century too early. [Q413]

Wole Soyinka

See, even despite pious statements to the contrary, much of the industrialized world has not yet come to terms with the recognition of the fallacy of what I call the strong man syndrome. [Q1052]

Sarah's Key

Sometimes our own stories are the ones we can never tell. But if a story isn't told it becomes something else; forgotten. [Q1878]

Margaret Mead

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. [Q950]

Paul Elmer More

We are born knowing nothing and with much striving we learn but a little; yet all the while we are bound by laws that hearken to no plea of ignorance, and measure out their rewards and punishments with calm indifference. [Q464]

Pythagoras

Begin thus from the first act, and proceed; and, in conclusion, at the ill which thou hast done, be troubled, and rejoice for the good. [Q923]

Gustav Mahler

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. [Q634]

Abraham Lincoln

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion. [Q1241]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes. [Q403]

Virgil

Perhaps the day may come when we shall remember these sufferings with joy. [Q1586]

Scott Nesler

The time to change the minds of a herd is not during a stampede toward a cliff. [Q135]

Mary McAleese

The extent to which all people in our society are made to count, and believe that they count, is not just a measure of decency; it makes sound economic sense. [Q456]

Master Po

Never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. —- Kung Fu Television series 1972 [Q509]

Michel de Montaigne

We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void. [Q2102]

William Ellery Channing

We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure. [Q715]

Daniela Schiller

If you want to keep a memory as is, you carve it into a story. It’s not only keeping the content, it’s keeping the feeling alive. The best part is, you’re not the only one remembering it. [Q2040]

Epictetus

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. [Q815]

Oscar Wilde

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. [Q624]

Marie Curie

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. [Q330]

Richard P. Feynman

The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to. ... No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it. [Q972]

Friedrich Nietzsche

"Faith" means not wanting to know what is true. [ [Q1525]

The Holy Bible

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill," and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder. Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is barren? — James 2:14-20 [Q1612]

Don Draper

People tell you who they are, but we ignore it. Because we want them to be who we want them to be. [Q1556]

Franklin Roosevelt

Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. [Q472]

Jesse Jackson

It is time for us to turn to each other, not on each other. [Q1550]

Albert Einstein

Measured objectively, what a man can wrest from Truth by passionate striving is utterly infinitesimal. But the striving frees us from the bonds of the self and makes us comrades of those who are the best and the greatest. [Q293]

Clarence Darrow

The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything. [Q1109]

Nikola Tesla

Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine. [Q1679]

Senator Paul Simon

Religion is a powerful force for evil — and a powerful force for good. Religion kills, and religion heals. [Q1688]

Titus Maccius Plautus

Modus omnibus in rebus - In everything the middle course is best, all things in excess brings contention. — Poenulus [Q1218]

Jay Inslee

Tolerance is carved into the rostrum of the U.S. House of Representatives and intolerance should not be carved into the U.S. Constitution. [Q1504]

Diogenes Laërtius

Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. [Q833]

Margaret Mead

Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time. [Q1424]

Elijah P. Lovejoy

But, gentlemen, as long as I am an American citizen, and as long as American blood runs in these veins, I shall hold myself at liberty to speak, to write, to publish whatever I please on any subject--being amenable to the laws of my country for the same. [Q2049]

Ward Cunningham

A wiki is like a party that doesn’t have to stop. It’s a party that doesn’t get crowded because new rooms appear when needed. It’s a timeless party where you can try each conversation over and over until you get it right. [Q1007]

Margaret Mead

I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world. [Q949]

Meister Eckhart

There exists only the present instant... a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence. [Q1632]

Václav Havel

The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both. [Q1754]

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
 

Look at that document, read it carefully, nothing in human life brings us perfection... What is the alternative for 308 million who think different things trying to live together. It can't be war among men and therefore it is law among them ... You don't like what is going on, I can't tell you what to do, if I had a shot at it, I would say go out and participate. Try to persuade people, try to understand, and when you can't persuade people to your point of view, then you try again ... I can't tell you what kind of life to lead, but I can tell you this because I've worked with this document, the Constitution for seventeen years in the Supreme Court. If you don't participate in your communities and get out there and try to persuade people. If you don't do that, this document won't work. [Q1600]

Swami Vivekananda

The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them. [Q1141]

John Boyd Orr

Some wars have been due to the lust of rulers for power and glory, or to revenge to wipe out the humiliation of a former defeat. [Q1153]

Clarence Darrow

History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history. [Q1096]

Anna Quindlen

Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don't discuss them. Ignorance is not bliss, it's stupid. Banning books shows you don't trust your kids to think and you don't trust yourself to be able to talk to them. [Q709]

George Mobus

If we are such a clever species, why is the world the way it is, and heading in a bad direction? [Q1842]

Miles Davis

The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas. [Q2054]

Sophocles

Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution. [Q1255]

Socrates

The unexamined life is not worth living. [Q762]

Bryant McGill

Where wise actions are the fruit of life, wise discourse is the pollination. [Q1381]

Contact the Movie

You wanna hear something really nutty? I heard of a couple guys who wanna build something called an "airplane," you know you get people to go in, and fly around like birds, it's ridiculous, right? And what about breaking the sound barrier, or rockets to the moon, or atomic energy, or a mission to Mars? Science fiction, right? Look, all I'm asking, is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history. — Ellie Arroway [Q1409]

Plato

There is no harm in repeating a good thing. [Q902]

Adlai Stevenson III

The air waves are in the public domain; but the government increasingly represents the private domain. [Q1859]

René Descartes

I think; therefore I am. [Q1117]

Carl Sagan

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. [Q226]

Thomas Paine

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. [Q265]

Aristotle

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government. [Q839]

Oscar Wilde

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. [Q287]

Elbert Hubbart

Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. [Q1385]

Christiaan Huygens

The world is my country, science is my religion. [Q1229]

Stephen Hawking

One cannot really argue with a mathematical theorem. [Q731]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light. [Q1089]

Adlai Stevenson III

Nineteen men armed with box cutters could not bring all America down. Only its government can do that. [Q1869]

Konrad Lorenz

Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one. [Q1432]

Edward de Bono

The false dichotomies we constructed in order to operate the logic principles of contradiction have been so especially disastrous. (from the book, I am right, you are wrong. page 37) [Q2007]

Senator Paul Simon

In the Philippines, 80,000 woman are admitted to hospitals each year with complications from botched abortions. A physician in the Ivory Coast of Africa reported, "Forty percent of woman who come to Trecheville hospital come because of traditional or back-alley abortions. Between 16 and 18 percent of these woman die without leaving the hospital.".

Logic rarely prevails on these emotional issues. It is always easier to be strong and dogmatic if you stick to beliefs that are based on a selected slice of the evidence.

[Q1829]

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